Cause And Effect Essay On Columbine Shooting

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Columbine Massacre Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at 11:19 AM, a witness heard Eric Harris yell, “Go! Go!” (Wikipedia). Two teenage student of Columbine high, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, arrived at school with an arsenal full of weapons ready to reap revenge on all those who had done them wrong. After the hour-long rampage and the chaos was over twelve students and a teacher were dead, twenty-four others were wounded and the two shooters had committed suicide. This massacre has provoked much debate into the issues of gun control and availability of firearms in the United States, as well as high school cliques, bullying and the role of violent movies and video games in American society. What has made so many teenagers turn to violence to…show more content…
Many argued that the pair’s isolation from the rest of their classmates caused feelings of helplessness, insecurity and depression, as well as a strong desire for attention. Also the stigma of being left outside social cliques and the availability of firearms caused these events to culminate. Many music groups were also blamed in the aftermath; Marilyn Manson, the German group KMFDM and the Detroit-based rap group Insane Clown Posse. In response to the concerns over the causes of Columbine and other school massacres, many schools instituted new anti-bully policies as well as so-called “zero tolerance” approaches to weapons and threatening behavior. Also after the shooting new security measures were put into place such as see-through backpacks, metal detectors and security guards. One school in Texas went so far as to give students computer generated IDs bracelets. Police departments even began to reassess their tactics and train for Columbine-like situations after criticism over the slow response and progress of the SWAT teams during the shooting. In 2000 Federal and state legislations were introduced that would require safety locks on firearms as well as ban the importation of high-capacity ammunition

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